I don't understand... psychopaths are in charge of the world...

I fail to understand... Simply fail.

Oh boyohboyohboy, now Americans can choose among health insurance companies. Why would they WANT to? What does anyone think the benefit of health insurance companies IS?

What's got me riled up and typing madly before I even get my coffee down (and what I should be doing is wading out in the snow, okay, it's almost all gone, putting the garbage out, don't want to miss the truck, and there's something I pay thru the nose for ... but not to the garbage-insurance company of my choice, but, it being a public service and all, much more efficiently I pay the town hall and they pay the garbage/recycle company... used to be they were town employees... but anyway...) is seeing Paul Ryan doing his smarmy thing in front of the camera. And taking every opp to say OBAMA as he cuts and slashes and proudly presents the mutilated corpse...

Well, sounds like it's not going to get passed, and if it did perhaps the people would fill the streets again and demand his head... and if it doesn't get immediately passed Trump's head will explode. So win win.

But as a Canadian, it makes me wild. GodDAMN. I can go to any doctor. I don't fill out any paperwork, merely (for any first visit to any doc or hosp) give them my ID card, and that's that. Anything I need gets done.

In this past year I had visits to walk-in, ER, my doc, neurologist, ophthamologist, cat scan, blood-flow test, two MRIs, and then various for knee surgery – surgeon, anesthetist, hospital lectures, X-rays, blood work, physio and check-up visits to doc – all “free”.

Yeah, I pay a lot of it in taxes. Here in BC I also pay a monthly prem of $80. But not a penny goes to an insurance company. The government that pays the med. bills is a whole lot more efficient about it and cost-effective than an insurance company because they just pay the bills, they don't get involved in what I can or can't have or did I have acne as a teenager (PRE-EXISTING! And I still get an occasional pimple – OUT!) ... that is truly left up to me and the med people. Billions of money is wasted in the US on insurance companies, who do NOTHING for the med system or the patients, only enrich themselves. Overall we pay less, get better outcomes (fewer maternal deaths, greater longevity). Our hospitals may not have as fancy waiting rooms, but they get 'er done.

It's so effing crazy. As Colbert said last night, people should (yes, Caffetz, you horror) buy health insurance instead of 300 i-phones a year. PEOPLE SIMPLY CAN'T AFFORD HEALTH CARE AS IT COMES UP... And tax credits? Snort! Really helpful.

And we have abortion on demand. There are some protestors, but they must stay on the other side of the street and behave themselves (they usually amount to half a dozen die-hards and not at every clinic or hospital).

Yeah, and my notice of voter registration just came in the mail. It's automatic – when we get our health/ID card, we're automatically put on the roll.

(...and refugees from the U.S. keep coming across the border... )

[And I won't can-can-Canada it, Kosh – in so many ways, whatever awful things you can point out, we're a more humane society than what you got.]

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Comment by Myriad on March 8, 2017 at 9:41am
Stats Canada

0% of Canadians need to choose between an iPhone and healthcare

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 8, 2017 at 9:57am

That's because Canadians are notoriously polite. 

Comment by Keith Joiner on March 8, 2017 at 10:08am

At the hands of the GOP, our country is headed back to 2nd or 3rd world status. The ones in charge (in office) are the ones with money. The ones with money here in the USA give not one flip about those without money, without hope and without insurance. I fully expect to retire somewhere other than the USA. But I'll keep voting and keep cashing my Social Security check


Comment by koshersalaami on March 8, 2017 at 10:26am

I gave you a hard time about relentlessly knocking the US a while back because our problems are bigger and because our national responsibilities are bigger. But that was before my country elected Trump President. Now you can say what you want.

The deal here is that the GOP has the country convinced that private enterprise is inherently WAY more efficient than government is. That's bullshit, but liberals here don't get involved in that argument and some actually believe it; they just believe that we have to live with the inefficiencies of government to get what we need. But it's crap. The big factor everyone ignores is that business puts an extra layer of expense into everything:  Profit. People assume that private sector efficiency more than compensates for the expense of profit, but they are completely full of shit. 

I'm now in NY State, where they don't hate government and they don't starve government. And my experiences with government here are generally great. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 8, 2017 at 11:13am

Gonna air this.

Comment by greenheron on March 8, 2017 at 11:58am

Sure. Go ahead and gloat. You forgot to mention how handsome your PM is. We get an ugly bit of tub drain hair beef jerky with scotch tape on his tie.

Comment by greenheron on March 8, 2017 at 12:02pm

And as long as we're on the subject of handsome politicians, we now have ZERO handsomes in our administration! Zip. Nada. Each and every one, whiter and pastier and lumpier than the next. It was shocking the pix of Trump sitting next to Shinzo Abe. And he dares to rate women as fours.

Here's my rating:

Shinzo Abe 10.5

Trump -.07 

Comment by Myriad on March 8, 2017 at 12:03pm

Green - excellent T description!

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on March 8, 2017 at 12:05pm

Greenheron...Why even a 0.7?  Credit for breathing?

Comment by greenheron on March 8, 2017 at 12:22pm

Myr, I got a million of them.

JW...minus!! As in negative number.  NEGATIVE 0.7. Maybe that's too high. Let's lower it shall we?    –37.  There. That's better.

God. Imagine him in the shower his pancake make up off, hair dripping or doing whatever that stuff does when wet. Bet his toenails are something else.


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